Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 21, 2015

South Korea tourism struggles to recover from MERS outbreak

The recent outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus in South Korea has left the country’s tourist industry in intensive care, with visitor numbers plunging more than 40 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday. As the country scrambles to ...

Bigger may not be better for China's 'superhospitals'

Jul 15, 2015

Bigger may not be better for China's 'superhospitals'

Just before midnight, the sidewalk outside the glowing towers of the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University is littered with slumbering bodies. Splayed on colorful mats or folding cots, these are patients’ relatives. Inside, beds line hallways and crowd elevator lobbies, while relatives share ...

Jul 13, 2015

Cluster of volcanoes found under ocean off Sydney

A cluster of submerged volcanoes has been discovered off Sydney, scientists said Monday, with the potential to help unlock the secrets of the sea floor between Australia and New Zealand. The four extinct volcanoes were found about 250 km (150 miles) offshore from Australia’s ...

Jul 6, 2015

Philippines confirms second MERS case

The Philippines confirmed a second case of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) corona virus Monday in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the disease after arriving in Manila from Dubai on June 19. The man was admitted to a government hospital ...

Jul 4, 2015

MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicenter of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Center has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South ...